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Brook Motors

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31st December 1937.
March 1946.
May 1950.
May 1950.
June 1951.
November 1958.

Maker of alternating current electric motors, of Huddersfield, Yorkshire

1904 Company founded by Ernest Brook who made his first a.c. motor in Huddersfield as E. Brook

1949 Brook Motors was incorporated as a private company.[1]

1950 Company made public.

1951 Name changed.

1951 The company made around 20,000 different types of electric motor.

1958 Also in Chicago USA.[2]

1961 Manufacturers of alternating current electric motors and control gears. 2,750 employees.

1967 Acquired Victor Electric Co and changed its name to Brook Victor Electric Vehicles[3]

By 1968 Brook Victor Electric Vehicles Ltd had a full orderbook and was expected to make a contribution to profits next year[4]

1968 Queen's Award to Industry for Export Achievement.

1969 One of 4 principal makers of electric motors in Britain[5]

1970 With the support of the Industrial Reorganisation Corporation, Hawker Siddeley bid for and acquired Brooks[6], which later became Brook Crompton Parkinson Motors[7] [8]

1973 Brook Motors acquired Opperman Holdings[9]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Apr 04, 1951
  2. 1958 advert.
  3. The Times, Jan 19, 1967
  4. The Times, Jan 16, 1968
  5. The Times June 4, 1969
  6. The Times, May 02, 1970
  7. The Times, Nov 02, 1973
  8. [1] Brook Crompton history webpage
  9. The Times, Sep 01, 1973